Former SC officer facing civil rights charge

GREENVILLE, SC - GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina police officer is facing a federal civil rights charge.

Court documents filed Friday show former Greenville police officer Matthew Scott Jowers has been accused of grabbing or pushing someone who was in his custody.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald says prosecutors have reached a plea agreement with Jowers, who McDonald said is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in Greenville.

McDonald says the charge against Jowers is part of an ongoing investigation. He says Greenville police have cooperated with the FBI and state authorities.

Greenville police say Jowers worked for the agency for about three years and left in September. Jowers' attorney Beattie Ashmore says the charge is a misdemeanor and carries up a year in prison.

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